Gerry Samson's relationship with yoga has been an evolving and life-altering experience. Gerry rowed through college and devoted much of his body and time to the sport. Weight lifting and long training hours left his body broken down, and aches and pains developed, which followed him beyond college graduation. He began attending occasional community classes, but yoga felt contentious at first; the asana practice of yoga seemed out of reach for his body. However, as Gerry’s body began to accept his asana practice and he began to reap its benefits, yoga became a necessary part of his life. This love lead him to Ame Wren’s teacher training at Boston Yoga School, where he completed his 200-hour certification.
Gerry graduated with a B.A. in psychology and philosophy, and throughout college worked with children of various educational needs. When he graduated, he sought to keep working with children with special needs. During the day, he is a behavioral therapist for children with autism at a small special education school. He has found that yoga helps his students focus better throughout their day, and gives them an opportunity for body exploration that they don’t get in a regular school day. Just as yoga helped bring Gerry comfort in his own body, he hopes that by sharing yoga with kids and encouraging their own exploration of movement, they can become comfortable and confident in themselves.
Gerry aims to teach well-aligned postures throughout a thoughtful vinyasa sequence. He likes to take his time in his practice, exploring new movements and ways to experience a pose. His yoga is influenced by his teachers Ame Wren, Peter Crowley, and Nicole Clark, who are constantly changing his yoga experience.
Laura Ahrens’ teaching is a union of traditional yogic philosophy and a modern perspective on the practice. In her work, physically challenging asana kindles the fire of transformation and brings a strong focus to the meditative aspect of yoga. Storytelling, metaphorical language, and precisely directed options for alignment teach the tale of our becoming more human.
Laura is most interested in teaching others to be discerning practitioners who synthesize information for themselves. In that spirit, she co-created The New School of Yogic Arts, a teacher training school for those who want to learn to teach the practice of yoga as a living system that breathes differently in each body.
Laura’s current work melds together all of the different truths of moving and living through yoga that she has had the privilege of learning. Her teaching is an approach to practice that is not focused on one particular style. Laura’s classes and other offerings prioritize depth of breath, core centrity of action, and commitment to the inner work necessary for personal evolution.
Laura holds a 200-hour certification in Hatha Vinyasa, 200-hour and advanced certifications in Forrest Yoga taught by Ana Forrest, and a year-long mentorship under the guidance of Dr. Heidi Sormaz. She holds a BFA from The University of the Arts, where she honed her use of story and song, both of which have served as instruments of connection and community since ancient times.
Laura’s teachers have paved her path, and she is forever grateful to them and to the teachers of the teachers.
Izzy believes that self care is our our divine human privilege.
Every time she steps on her mat it's an experiment, an opportunity to learn something, whether it be finding her edge, breaking through habitual thought patterns, finding a moment of stillness, an exhale, perhaps a surrender and release.
Growing up, Izzy was a relentless athlete, with years of National competition in Rowing, Track and Field, and Gymnastics. She pushed her body and mind to the limits. Gifted with a mother who knew she'd need a little extra TLC, she attended her first Yoga class in 2004. In 2007 Izzy invested in her first Yoga teacher training with Gopi Kinnicutt. Since then she has studied with both International and Local teachers such as Shiva Rea, Dharma Mittra, Bonnie Argo, Jenny Sauer-Klein, Jason Nemer, Lynne Begier, Chanel Luck, Ana Forrest, Jennifer Reis, and more.
Izzy's classes are based on the premise of loving the way your body moves. She strives to teach from a place of self-empowerment from the ground up. She believes stability leads to the possibility of trying things you may never have thought possible. The poses will flow from one to the next inviting embodiment throughout the transitions.
In 2007 Izzy found a flyer for an AcroYoga workshop in NYC. It took her three hours to drive there, and less than a minute to know the practice would be part of the rest of her life. She became a globe-trotting student of these three practices: yoga, acrobatics, and the healing arts. Her local and international studies have taken Izzy across the United States, Europe, and all the way to Southeast of Asia. Devoting herself to the path of becoming a certified teacher, Izzy graduated Kripalu's 500hr Massage Program (Mass LMT), and the Thai Massage Circus Intensive. She finally became an AcroYoga Teacher in 2011.